The state of Alaska provides both medical marijuana and an adult use cannabis program. Both of these programs are monitored by the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development Alcohol & Marijuana Control Office. Participants in the medical marijuana program must apply for a state-issued medical marijuana card, granting them the ability to grow cannabis at home or purchase it at retail marijuana stores.

Alaska’s cannabis industry does not use the term ‘dispensaries’, but retail marijuana stores. While possession of an ounce or less carries no penalties, and you can have up to four ounces in your home with no penalty, the punishment ratchets up quickly for possession of more than four ounces.